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Workplace accidents

AQ Archers > Workplace accidents

Regardless of the work setting, employees place their trust in their employer to keep them safe while carrying out their occupations. Whether you work in an office, a factory, school, hospital, or even outdoors, under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers have a legal duty to protect your workplace health and safety.

In order to ensure your health and safety, employers must carry out detailed risk assessments across their entire operations, and risks which are identified must be removed or mitigated as much as possible.

Employers may use a wide range of approaches to managing health and safety risk, including:

  • safety policies and procedures
  • staff training
  • providing protective equipment (PPE)
  • placing safety guards on machines
  • signage to warn of risks
  • implementing maximum work times for specific tasks to avoid over-use injuries such as vibration white finger or carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • If you have been injured as a result of the negligent actions of your employer or another employee, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation.

Can my employer fire me if I bring a claim against them?

Understandably, you may be worried about losing your job if you decide to bring a claim against your employer, but this should not deter you; the law is on your side.

Remember that your employer is insured for such accidents and the resulting claims and they will not be at a financial loss as a result. Furthermore, seeking to dismiss you in such circumstances would likely be viewed by the employment tribunal as unfair or constructive dismissal.

If, as a result of the negligent acts of your employer, you have been seriously injured, you have the right to seek compensation for the pain, suffering, and financial losses you have incurred. It is also important that your employer be brought to account for their negligent actions, reducing the chances of any reoccurrence (and possibly a fatal one).

Can I bring a compensation claim for a workplace accident injury?

This depends on the circumstances which led to the injury occurring. When assessing your case, we will look to establish that the following three conditions apply:

  1. You were owed a duty of care by your employer
  2. The duty of care was breached
  3. The breach of care led to your accident.

The first of these conditions is relatively simple to prove given that all employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their employees. The key is to establish that they failed in their duty of care, and then to draw a link between that mistake and your accident.

If you are unsure if you have a claim for a workplace injury, contact one of our personal injury Solicitors today who will listen to the details of your accident and confirm if you have a valid case.

What may a claim for work accident injury cover?

AQ Archers can seek damages for a range of physical/psychological injury types sustained in a workplace accident, including

  • Back and spinal injuries – i.e. loss of function or sensation
  • Fatal injuries
  • Head/neck injuries – i.e. brain injury, whiplash
  • Injuries to limbs – including loss of limbs, loss of function, and broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries

If you are unsure if the injuries you have suffered could form the basis of a claim for damages, please contact one of our team today who will be able to advise you.

What will a claim for workplace injury-related injury cover?

When claiming compensation for injuries arising from a workplace injury which was not your fault, we will look to secure funds in relation to your pain and suffering, and any specific costs incurred such as accommodation, medical treatment, and any expected future expenses.

Our first priority will be to secure early funding for your immediate medical needs and then rehabilitation, to ensure you have the best chance of recovery.

The amount of costs you receive will depend on your specific injuries and your future financial requirements, i.e. future care, and loss of earnings.

How can AQ Archers help you secure workplace injury compensation?

As a small niche law firm, we truly care for the needs of our workplace injury personal injury clients. Experience and expertise matters when it comes to achieving the best possible outcome. We have successfully managed many workplace injury cases which occurred as a result of the negligent acts of another person or organisation.

In addition to our internal team of personal injury specialist Solicitors, we can engage the services of a range of experts to help your case, including psychologists, doctors, and physiotherapists.

Not only are we well versed in the personal injury compensation process, we understand the real-world implications of workplace injuries on the individual and their family members.

You can be assured that we will handle the personal injury compensation process for you, allowing you to focus on the medical needs and recovery of you or your loved one.